The Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) partnered with Greg Woolf, CEO of Coalesce.Info and moderator of The Cognitive Computing Group of Boston, to host a community evening focused on Robotics & AI research at Boston University, on February 28, 2017.
The event began with a demonstration of a student-built robot by the Boston University Academy First Robotics team, Overclocked. Ioannis Paschalidis, Director of CISE, opened the presentations by giving an overview of the direction and efforts of the center.
Presentations featured BU College of Engineering faculty, Christos Cassandras, Calin Belta, and Janusz Konrad. Cassandras discussed his work with ‘Robotics and Automation in Smart Cities’, Belta gave an overview of his Robotics lab projects and discussed ‘Formal Languages for Human-Robot Interaction’ and Konrad spoke about ‘Localization and Recognition of Indoor Activities in the Age of Privacy Concerns’. Representing industry, invited speaker, Jacob Holstein, Deployment Engineer, Amazon Robotics, discussed the use of cutting-edge robots at Amazon’s fulfillment centers.
To close out the evening, meeting attendees were given a guided tour of EPIC by Professor Gerald Fine and the Robotics lab by PhD students, Zachary Serlin and Xiao Li. Attendees had the opportunity to see first hand BU’s commitment to innovation and advancement in the fields of robotics and machine learning.